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Internship fair, snowy owls, and other Maryland green events

Snowy owls typically live in the Arctic, but sometimes travel further south.
Snowy owls typically live in the Arctic, but sometimes travel further south.
Photo by Ann Egerton

The DC chapter of the Sierra Club will hold a meeting to plan their ban coal campaign on Feb 8 at the Sierra Club's national headquarters in Washington, D.C. The hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The former Club President Robin Mann will be one of the speakers, and she will describe the group's methodology. Lunch will be served. To learn more, contact Lena Moffitt at (202) 675-2396 or

Bethesda Green is holding their 5th Annual Fields of Green Internship Fair on Feb 8 on the second floor above the Capital One Bank. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will help college and graduate students find internships with environmental companies or organizations, like Mom's Organic Market and Montgomery County's Department of Environmental Protection. To learn more, contact Sharon D'Emidio at

The Climate Action Network (CCAN) is holding the Maryland Climate Organizer Summit at the University of Maryland, College Park, on Feb 8. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Participants will learn campaign skills from top organizers in, the DC Action Lab, and CCAN. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Shilpa Joshi at

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)'s annual conference will continue from Feb 8 to Feb 9 at the Princess Royale in Ocean City, MD. There will be lectures and field trips. Topics will include the Green School Program, using technology to teach classes, plants and wildlife in the classroom, and climate change. Registration is required. For more information, e-mail or call (443) 824-1953.

The Irvine Nature Center is holding Maple Magic on Feb 9 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. A naturalist will reach participants how to identify maple trees, correctly tap into a tree to collect the sap, and then make syrup out of the sap. Maple Magic is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free for members, and $10.00 for non-members. Registration is recommended. To learn more, call (443) 738-9220.

The Natural History Society of Maryland is searching for snowy owls at the Reagan National Airport on Feb 9. The hours are 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. Hedwig's relatives have migrated from the Arctic and have been seen as far south as Assateague Island, due to a phenomenon called an irruption. Participants should dress warmly, and bring snacks and water. To learn more, visit

The City of Bowie's Green Team seeks volunteers to remove invasive plants from Whitemarsh Park on Feb 9. The hours are 2 to 4:30 p.m. All tools and gloves will be provided. To learn more, contact Kristin Larson at or (301) 809-3044.

The Maryland Native Plant Society and the Natural History Society of Maryland are holding a plant identification lab at the Maryland Naturalist Center in Baltimore on Feb 10. The hours are 7 - 9 p.m. Participants will learn how to identify plants using plant keys, microscopes, hand lenses, and reference collections from the Natural History Society of Maryland. To learn more, visit

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